Male contraceptive pill, ready to start human trials this year
Birth control pills will not be exclusive to women anymore. According to multiple studies, the first male contraceptive pill (birth control) showed significant results at lab trials.
Now, the evidence shows that human trials will begin soon, starting at the end of 2022.
The contraceptive created by researchers at the University of Minnesota shows a 99% effectiveness at preventing pregnancy in mice with no apparent side effects.
The pill targets interactions with vitamin A, a crucial component of fertility. Researchers noted mice who took the compound for four weeks showed a significant drop in semen.
The treatment rendered the mice sterile. However, the mice returned to normal levels after they suspended the treatment.
The virility recovery process took from four to six weeks.
Ph.D. candidate Md Abdullah Al Noman at the University of Minnesota leads a project that could change the contraceptive market forever.
Abdullah Al Noman focuses on male contraception for several years. However, he’s not the only advocate seeking efforts into creating a new birth control method.
In 2018, a pair of researchers found a way to halt the movement of sperm by using an extract from a plant that African warriors and hunters once used as a heart-stopping poison.
The study develops a male contraceptive gel, which is rubbed on the shoulder daily. The gel is still in clinical trials.
However, there’s a similar idea around the birth control market for women. In 2020, there was an approval of gel-based birth control for women.